Dating old bibles

Beautifully illustrated, the colours are still vivid and thanks to the Ethiopian Heritage Fund have been conserved.

Abba Garima arrived from Constantinople in 494 AD and legend has it that he was able to copy the Gospels in a day because God delayed the sun from setting.

Recent analysis of the Latin Bible, which was published in 1535 by Henry VIII’s printer, has revealed fascinating English annotations made during the 16-century Reformation.

Carbon dating, however, gives a date between 330 and 650 which tantalisingly overlaps the date Abba Garima arrived in the country.

One of the most important questions in the Bible/science controversy concerns the age of the earth. Evolution Today the earth is assumed to be approximately 4.6 billion years old while the universe is believed to be at least 10 to 15 billions years of age.

If the earth and universe are billions of years old can this be reconciled with the Bible?

First, the Bible does not put a date on the creation of the universe. As the church succumbed to the reasonings of science, these dates were quietly dropped from the Bibles beginning around the turn of this century (Ian Taylor, , Revised Edition, Toronto: TFE Publishing, 1987, p. Many have ridiculed the early dating of the creation of the world, such as the atheist Robert Ingersoll: And first, let us examine the account given of the Creation of this world, commenced, according to the bible, on Monday morning about five thousand eight hundred and eighty-three years ago.

Second, the Bible does not say, and no serious Christian teaches, that God created the earth with fossils embedded in the rocks to fool unbelieving scientists. The problem is compounded by the chronology given by Archbishop Ussher and still printed in some editions of the King James Bible (Robert Ingersoll, p. Date Unknown We do not know exactly when the earth was created because the Bible does not tell us.

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